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Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Henry County Schools to hold job fair for teachers

Henry County Schools to hold job fair for teachers

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Henry County Schools will hold a job fair for teachers and teaching candidates later this month.

The seventh largest school district in Georgia needs nearly 450 new teachers, especially in math, science, Spanish and special education.

The job fair will be Friday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at Hampton High School. Attendees are asked to dress professionally and bring copies of their résumés. Some schools may offer on-site interviews.

The fair is open to certified teachers as well as those who will be eligible for a Georgia Educator Certificate by the start of the 2015-16 school year.

Interested teachers are encouraged to fill out an application in advance. Visit applitrack.com for more information.

Hampton High School is located at 795 Hampton Locust Grove Road.

Locust Grove MS student wins Henry County spelling bee

Locust Grove MS student wins Henry County spelling bee

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- After cracking the top three during the past three school years, Kathleen Mabutin has finally won the Henry County Schools Spelling Bee.

Mabutin is in eighth grade at Locust Grove Middle School; this is her final year to compete in the bee, and she definitely saved her best performance for last.

Mabutin correctly spelled "paradox" and "angst" to beat last year's winner, Union Grove Middle School's Logan Witham. Luella Middle School student Anne Ocampo placed third.

All three finalists will compete in the Region 5 Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Sequoyah Middle School in Riverdale. They will face students from Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Griffin and Rockdale counties for the chance to move on to the state spelling bee in March.

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

(WXIA) -- Ten high school students from the Atlanta area are among only 100 teens nationwide to be selected for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

The winners were selected from among nearly 10,000 applicants nationwide. They will travel to Walt Disney World Resort in March to participate in a prestigious educational and mentoring program.

Dreamers, as program participants are called, will learn life skills such as communication techniques and networking, and will explore possible career paths.

Visit disneydreamersacademy.com for more information.

Metro Atlanta's Dreamers include:

AP exam participation: Henry County

AP exam participation: Henry County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Henry County, 1,933 students took 3,018 AP exams in 2014, and 1,309 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Henry County public high school:

Dutchtown HS
211 students took 323 exams
103 passing scores

Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- When Khorkie Tyus’ mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School senior responded by helping her mom at home and spreading “warm love” to others.

Working with an oncology nurse, Khorkie developed an idea for special Warm Love kits for chemotherapy patients.

“I noticed there were people who went to chemo by themselves, and I thought some goodie bags would show them someone cared for them,” explained the 16 year old.

Many patients are sensitive to aluminum, for example, so Khorkie includes aluminum-free deodorant and toothpaste. Chemo patients also tend to get chilly when being infused so Khorkie packs hats, scarves, socks, and blankets. (In fact, cozy blankets were how the project got its name.)